Physics Students Visit CERN in Switzerland
Physics students at St Ambrose Barlow visited CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, to find out more about the work the scientists do there.
They headed out to Geneva for the trip to CERN, where Physicists use some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators to seek answers to questions like what is the universe made of and how did it start?
Thousands of scientists from all over the world work together at CERN to advance our knowledge of matter, its fundamental constituents and the forces that link them. Founded in 1954, CERN was one of the first European collaborations, uniting countries that had been fighting against one another during the Second World War. As it pursues its fundamental research, CERN pushes technological boundaries, trains countless scientists and, through the medium of science, contributes to the dialogue between nations.
Physicists and engineers use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
The technologies developed to meet CERN's research needs benefit society as a whole. In addition to the invention of the Word Wide Web, CERN's commitment to technology transfer has driven progress in medical imaging and cancer treatment, industrial processes, information technologies and more.
While in Switzerland, students also had time to explore the beautiful city of Geneva and visit the History of Science Museum and the National History Museum.